Before becoming an artist Deborah Eater trained as an experimental psychologist, taught college classes, and worked in state government. Initially her creative drive found expression through artistic crafts, especially in fiber arts, always pushing for greater personal expression by creating her own patterns and designs. Her craft and design experience helped her to earn a position teaching art in a school serving children age 5 to 15. Teaching provided additional opportunities to explore the fine arts which led to exhibiting her own drawing, painting, and collage.
Deborah learned to work in clay at the Pennsylvania State University and studied drawing and painting at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. In 2014 she won First Prize for Drawing in the 116th annual Fleisher Art Memorial adult student exhibit. She has exhibited widely throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, at: Artworks (Trenton, NJ), Bucks County Community College (Bristol, PA), Ellarslie Museum (Trenton, NJ), Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia, PA), Grundy Library (Bristol, PA) Lower Bucks Hospital (Bristol, PA), Middletown Grange Fair (Wrightstown, PA), Middletown Township Municipal Building (Langhorne, PA), the Sketch Club (Philadelphia, PA), Prallsville Mill (Stockton, NJ), Riverfront Renaissance Center (Millville, NJ) Roebling Wire Works (Trenton, NJ), Smithfield Mansion Annex (Haddonfield, NJ), and Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA), Stover Mill (Erwinna, PA).